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A Letter from Derek & Melinda

We are so excited to introduce ourselves! We have tried to extend our family for many years but have been unsuccessful and it has led us on this exciting journey of adoption.  While God may have changed some of our family plans, our vision remains the same!  We love staying busy with house projects, cooking, and spending time with family- all things we are excited to share with your child! We look forward to getting to know you are keeping in touch with you through letters, pictures, and visits at your comfort level.

About Us

We have been together for 8 years and married for 6. Shortly after we got married, we started working for the same company and love it. We get to spend a lot of time together, and that has helped us build such a strong relationship and marriage.  We love to travel, see new places, and meet different people. Our favorite part of the day is cooking dinner and talking about how our day was. We have a dog named Cooper and a cat named Simba and they are both sweet as can be. We are excited about extending our family and being able to share everything we have with your child. We look forward to family trips, cooking meals together, exploring the world,  and just grow together as a family!

About Melinda

Melinda made me fall in love with her through her passion for other people. She is an Assistant Service Manager and has worked hard to move up to her position. Melinda has a passion for her work, is independent, and gets things done! She gets along with everyone she meets.

She loves making personalized gifts and crafting of all kinds. She is so creative and makes our house so homey. She loves to make signs and personalized family wood projects with her Cricut machine. Melinda also loves to bake! She has a big sweet tooth and her favorite thing to make are cupcakes- something she looks forward to baking for our child. Her favorite time of the year is Thanksgiving and Christmas and she is excited to share her joy of the holidays with them as well. She loves to have everyone over and, when she does, she always cooks a huge meal. She can’t wait to share her love for baking with our child and introduce them to crafting.

About Derek

Derek is the most selfless person I know. He will help anyone in need and holds family at the center of his world. He works as a mobile technician and loves being able to work with his hands and meeting new people. He is such a handyman and can do almost anything. He builds walls, lays floors, and fixes everything! He is so motivated to be the best version of himself at all times, and I love that about him. His favorite place is the lake! Almost every weekend in the summer, he wakes up early to get everything ready to go. He loves to invite everyone to come and just spend time relaxing on the water. He loves cooking and watching his favorite hockey team- he always goes to their games to root them on!

He looks forward to teaching our child how to be self-sufficient, how to work with their hands and share his recipes with them. He will teach them selflessness, patience, and Christian values.

A little love in Illinois

We are close enough to the city that there is so much to do, but also live far enough out that we enjoy the small-town perks. We have a 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom home that we are excited to fill with family activities. We have a big backyard with lots of room and are down the street from several parks and schools. We have the perfect room for a nursery with plenty of room for books and toys! Our Dog, Cooper, and Cat, Simba, are so sweet and patient with all the children in our lives. Our neighbor’s children love to come over and ask to play with them! The neighborhood is very close with one another and we always look out for each other.

Our Family

We are both blessed to have tight-knit families. Derek is from a family of 6 and Melinda is from a family of 5. We have 2 nephews and 1 niece. Family is our number one priority and we love the fact that we all live within 10 minutes of each other. Our family is excited to be extending through adoption. Your child will be so loved and cared for! Derek’s biological father was adopted as a child and his stepfather also grew his family through adoption.

Every Sunday we have dinner with the family- we love this tradition! We share recipes with each other, and get together for every holiday! We spend many summers at the lake, and winters curled up watching movies by the fire together talking, sharing food, and enjoying our time together.

Our Promise

We are making this promise to care for and love your child throughout all of life. We will provide them with a safe and secure home, with access to quality education, and the need for nothing. They will share with them our Christian Faith,  our passion for cooking, and our love of travel. We would love to have an open relationship with you and hope to build a bond that will leave all of us feeling like we are gaining a family in the process. We are so excited to get to know you, share our lives with your child, and keep in touch at your comfort level.

If you would like to learn more about us, please call or text Lifetime at 1.800.923.6784.

Learn More About Derek & Melinda

  Derek Melinda
Our EducationCollege DegreeSome College
Our ProfessionsMobile Refrigeration TechnicianAssistant Service Manager
Our Racial BackgroundCaucasionCaucasion
Some of Derek & Melinda's Favorites
MovieCool RunningsThe proposal
Thing to doBoating / Handyman ProjectsCrafting / Cleaning
TV ShowChicago FireGolden Girls
Type of MusicCountryCountry
Thing about yourselfThe ability and patience to help othersBeing able to make people laugh and feel at ease
More About Our Family
Travelin' Fools

Our favorite thing to do together is travel. We have been all over! We love to pack up and go for quick trips on weekends and just explore what is around us. During the summer months, we try to explore different lakes around as well. We spend most of our time just relaxing and taking everything in. We would much rather just be hanging outside around a fire than on the couch at home on our phones. The less screen time, the better!

Back to the Future

We have so many plans for our future! We look forward to furthering our careers where we are (we both love our jobs). We plan to work our way up as high as possible and staying in our current home as it has plenty of room to grow our family! We look forward to planning trips further than where we have been. We look forward to starting traveling to other countries, and really being able to experience everything this world has to offer.

Rainy Saturdays

When we are stuck at home we really enjoy binge-watching reality TV. We enjoy finding a new television series on a Rainy Saturday and watching as much as we can at one time. We do the same things with Movie Marathons! We will pick an actor/actress out of a hat, and will only watch movies with them in it. Our other favorite things to do include turning on country music and making detailed recipes. We enjoy all the hard work that we put into a meal and we have such a fun time being able to eat at the table and talk about it, and about what happens during our long weeks.

Hometown Lovin

We love our hometown and neighborhood so much, and could not imagine living anywhere else. We always get together with the neighbors and just hang out! The neighborhood kids even come over and ask if our dog can come out and play with them. We love our hometown fairs in the summer and our Christmas displays in the winter. There is always something going on, and something that everyone can do. Our Entire Family (with the exception of Derek's brother) lives within 10 minutes, and most are only up to 2 streets away. We so much enjoy being able to be together at the drop of the hat, because we are so close. It comes in handy for all of us!

We Prefer a Child Who Is...
Age of Child

newborn to 2 years old


We are open to twins.


We are open to any gender children.

Sibling Group

We are open to a sibling group of up to 3 with the oldest up to 8 years old.

In Closing

While you can only get to know us so much from pictures and words, we want you to know that we will provide a stable, loving home no matter what life throws at us. We have worked so hard to get where we are in life, and are hopeful to be matched with the family god intended.

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